Cardiff Airport

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Cardiff Airport
Maes Awyr Caerdydd
CardiffAirportLogo.svg
Cardiff Airport (Oct 2010).jpg
IATA: CWLICAO: EGFF
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Welsh Government
Operator Cardiff Airport Ltd.
Serves Cardiff
South Wales
Mid Wales
West Wales
Location Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan
Elevation AMSL 220 ft / 67 m
Coordinates 51°23′48″N 003°20′36″W / 51.39667°N 3.34333°W / 51.39667; -3.34333Coordinates: 51°23′48″N 003°20′36″W / 51.39667°N 3.34333°W / 51.39667; -3.34333
Website cardiff-airport.com
Map
EGFF is located in Vale of Glamorgan
EGFF
EGFF
Location in the Vale of Glamorgan
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 2,392 7,848 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 1,072,062
Passenger change 12-13 Increase4.3%
Aircraft Movements 24,879
Movements change 12-13 Decrease7.3%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Cardiff Airport (Welsh: Maes Awyr Caerdydd) (IATA: CWLICAO: EGFF) is an international airport owned by the Welsh Government, serving Cardiff and the rest of South, Mid and West Wales. Around 1.1 million passengers passed through the airport in 2013, a 4% increase compared with 2012.[2] It is located in the village of Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan, 12 mi (19 km) west[3] of Cardiff's city centre.

Company[edit]

Cardiff Airport was owned by a private company Cardiff International Airport Limited which, in turn was wholly owned by TBI Ltd a former public company (since converted back to a private company) which is 90% owned by the Spanish conglomerate Abertis and 10% by Aena International - the world's largest airport operator.[4]

The 2010 accounts quoted the net worth of Cardiff Airport Ltd to be £34,311,000 (calculated as Shareholders Funds minus Intangible Assets). Accounts filed with Companies House show Cardiff International Airport Limited suffered a £319,000 loss in 2011, compared with a profit of just over £1 million in 2010. The directors of Cardiff International Airport Ltd were David Hugh Pickard, Carlos Francisco Del Rio Carcano, Stephen Hodgetts, Angel Pablo Lerma Gaude and Debra Barber.[5]

On 27 March 2013, the Welsh Government announced it had purchased the Cardiff International Airport Ltd from TBI Ltd as a going concern for £52,000,000. Although claims were made that this was a "nationalisation" (a private enterprise being acquired by the state) technically it was not, because TBI was a "willing seller" and was not being compelled to relinquish this asset. The Welsh Government's First Minister, Carwyn Jones,announced "The airport will not be operated by the Welsh government. It will be managed at arm's length from government on a commercial basis and, over time, I expect to see a return to the public purse on the investment." The Chief Executive of Cardiff's main rival,Bristol Airport, Robert Sinclair said the purchase price of £52m paid by the Welsh Government was "well above market value when compared to recent transactions involving UK airports - gives us concern that ongoing government involvement and support is highly likely," [6]

History[edit]

The history of the airport extends back to the early 1940s, when the Air Ministry requisitioned land in the rural Vale of Glamorgan to set up a wartime satellite aerodrome and training base, named RAF Rhoose, for Royal Air Force (RAF) Spitfire pilots. Construction work commenced in 1941, and the airfield officially began life on 7 April 1942 when it was taken over by No 53 Operational Training Unit. After WW2 the airfield fell into disuse and was abandoned.

The man who decided Rhoose could be the site of a new Airport was David Rees-Williams (later Lord Ogmore) a Bridgend-born solicitor who had served as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Artillery during the WW2 and who. in 1945, been elected MP for Croydon South. In 1951 Rees-Williams was appointed, briefly, Minister of Aviation and identified what he called a "great need for a commercial airport of international standards" in South Wales. He later told the House of Lords "a decision had to be taken whether to do nothing at all (which was the desire of some) or whether Pengam Moors, the existing airport for Cardiff, should be improved at a cost of some millions of pounds, involving the alteration of the course of the Rumney River or, thirdly, whether an entirely new airport should be constructed or acquired in the vicinity of the capital of Wales."

Rees-Williams thought diverting the river at Pengam would be a problem, and feared that the tall chimney stacks of the nearby East Moors Steelworks could pose a safety hazard to aircraft. The Welsh Civil Aviation Consultative Committee then proposed he should look at the "abandoned Royal Air Force airfield at Rhoose" as a possible alternative. On inspecting it Rees-Williams found it "in a poor condition, with a large number of bombs stacked on the runways, and buildings in an extreme state of dilapidation". However he considered Rhoose could be suitable for civil aviation "if the necessary money and time were spent upon it". The Government accepted his proposal and the Ministry of Aviation promptly began converting the abandoned airfield into a civilian airport. In October 1952 the new Rhoose Airport was opened by Rees-Williams's successor as Minister of Aviation Alan Lennox-Boyd.[7]

Also in 1952 Aer Lingus started a service to Dublin. Civilian flights from the old Cardiff Municipal Airport at Pengam Moors were transferred to Rhoose on 1 April 1954. A new terminal building followed, along with flights to France, Belfast and Cork. An escalation in holiday charter business resulted in passenger throughout exceeding 100,000 in 1962.

On 1 April 1965 the Ministry of Aviation handed over the airport to Glamorgan County Council and it was renamed Glamorgan (Rhoose) Airport.[8] The council started a five-year plan to develop the airport including a new control tower, terminal building and a runway extension.[8]

Concorde at the British Airways Maintenance Centre

In the 1970s, the supersonic airliner Concorde made a few flights into the airport on special occasions. These were limited by the length of the runway, meaning it could only land lightly loaded, and only take off without passengers and with a minimal fuel load. In the 1980s, its name was changed to 'Cardiff-Wales Airport'.

British Airways Maintenance Centre at the airport

1986 saw a further extension of 750 ft (229 m) to the runway, costing in the region of £1 million, thus attracting more business to the airport in the form of new-generation jet aircraft. Development of transatlantic links were made with charter flights to Florida, in addition to the previously-established links with Canada. The runway extension, enabling the airport to handle 747 jumbo jets, was instrumental in attracting the British Airways (BA) Maintenance facility to the airport. The maintenance hangar is one of the largest in the world at 250 m × 175 m (820 ft × 574 ft), providing heavy airframe and engineering maintenance for the British Airways fleet and third party carriers.

In April 1995, due to planned Local Government re-organisation in Wales, the Airport Company was privatised, with shares being sold to property and development firm, TBI plc, which has now been converted back to a private company called TBI Ltd (a subsidiary of Abertis and Aena International. TBI Ltd also controls Luton Airport, Stockholm Skavsta, Belfast International Airport, SABSTA (which owns three Bolivian airports) and is concessionary to Orlando Sanford International Airport.

In December 1995, Heli-air Wales began training Helicopter Pilots from the Airport's southside, and are widely accredited with pioneering Helicopter Training in Wales. Heli-air Wales moved operations to Swansea Airport in 1999, and are still trading there to this day.

The airport is not only the main maintenance base for British Airways but also home to a variety of aerospace-oriented firms and colleges, and therefore a major contributor to the economic development of the region.

The airport was used by 2.1 million passengers in 2008, falling to around 1.1 million passengers in 2013, according to the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority, a reduction of nearly 50% since 2008, making it the 21st busiest airport in the UK in terms of passenger numbers.[2]

Hawker 800 of Fortune Brands at Cardiff Airport in 2004

The airport was the main base for three local airlines; Cambrian Airways from 1935 to 1976, Airways International Cymru until the airline ceased operations in 1988, and Air Wales until the airline ceased scheduled operations in March 2006.

In 2006 the Irish low cost carrier Ryanair withdrew from the airport ending 5 years of service on the Cardiff to Dublin route daily. This was due to a very public falling out with the Airport over charges.

In 2007 a new airline was mooted as a new home carrier at the airport; and if it was launched, Flyforbeans said they would operate to France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Eastern Europe. The airline intended to have routes currently unavailable from the airport and had indicated that it intended to begin operations in mid-2008, with 3 Boeing 737 aircraft initially serving up to twelve destinations in total, these plans never came fruition & the airline remained purely on paper.[9]

Following a survey conducted by the airport operator in 2008 as part of a campaign to attract additional business routes to the airport, popular destinations such as Aberdeen, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Brussels and Scandinavian cities were identified as lacking a current link. The airport planned to conduct up to 25 meetings with airlines during May and June 2008 to support the case for more routes.[10]

On 2 March 2009 the airport management revealed a name change for the airport along with initial development plans to improve the image of the facility. Following a brand review involving consultation with a number of key stakeholders the name Cardiff Airport and Maes Awyr Caerdydd replaced Cardiff International Airport.[11]

However, it emerged that the Airport had applied for £5 million of payments from the Welsh Assembly Government to deal with unspecified development at the terminal. This attracted immediate public criticism and requests that the airport's owners, Abertis, match such an investment with a £6 million route development programme.[12]

Bmibaby launched operations from Cardiff Airport in 2002 and closed them in 2011

It was announced on 13 April 2011 that Bmibaby were to close their base at the airport, along with their base at Manchester Airport in the following October in order to redeploy aircraft at their other bases, including the creation of a new operation at Belfast City Airport. The base closed on 30 October 2011.

It was announced on 28 October 2011, that Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling are to open a new route to Barcelona commencing 27 March 2012 operating the route three times per week. Just over a month later it was announced that Monarch were to serve Orlando Sanford Airport, Florida for the following summer, commencing the service on 28 May 2012. It operated on behalf of its own holiday wing, Monarch Holidays, and its partner company Cosmos. This was the first time in 4 years that there was a direct charter connection to the United States, however the route has since ceased.

On 16 May 2012, it was announced that airport Managing Director, Patrick Duffy, had left his position amid mounting pressure from the Welsh Government on the airport owners Abertis to improve the state of the airport and improve the services it offers, or sell the facility to an investor in a proposed public-private partnership. It is unclear as to why exactly Duffy left his position after four years.[13] On 18 December 2012 it was announced that the Welsh Government was interested in buying the airport off its current owners.[14] It was announced on 27 March 2013 that the Welsh Government had purchased Cardiff Airport for £52 million.[6]

As of March 2013, the Welsh Government is in the process of acquiring Cardiff Airport from TBI/Abertis, who may also divest themselves of all their airport assets following international criticism of their management of these resources.[15] The deal was officially announced on 27 March 2013, that the airport would be bought back into public ownership for the sum of £52 Million. The Welsh Government are to publish plans to transform the airport within the coming weeks.

In early December 2013 Flybe announced it would drop its Paris and Glasgow services with effect from January 2014. Shortly after, Cityjet announced that it was to start operating from Cardiff to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey and Paris Orly in the wake of Flybe's departure.

Cardiff Airport has also had several problems with wild fly-grazing horses[16] around the airfield and the Redwings Sanctuary in Norfolk were needed to assist in the rescue of 23 unclaimed horses that had been left on the site.[17]

Passenger numbers increased from 2012 to 2013 which shows that Cardiff is making a slow recovery to try to reach passenger levels achieved over 10 years ago. They saw an increase of 4.3%.

On 15 May 2014 it was announced that Ryanair would return to the airport after an absence of 8 years by operating a service to Tenerife starting on 30 October the same year. The last time Ryanair operated from the airport was back in 2006 after a decade of serving the route to Dublin, this makes Cardiff Airport the airlines 15th UK departure point.

Controversy[edit]

Criticism by First Minister / Airport "Task Force"[edit]

In 2012, the airport ran into a barrage of sustained criticism from the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones. On 28 February 2012, Jones told the Welsh Assembly, "We would like to see many routes emerging from Cardiff Airport, but the airport must get its act together... Last week, I went to the airport and the main entrance was shut. People could not go in through the main entrance; they had to go through the side entrance. It is important that the airport puts itself in a position where it is attractive to new airlines, and, unfortunately, that is not the case at present." . His criticism led to accusations that he was "talking down" Cardiff Airport whilst aviation industry professionals commented he was out of his depth in this area. However Jones returned to this theme on 7 March 2012 saying, "With the condition of the airport at the moment I would not want to bring people in through Cardiff Airport because of the impression it would give of Wales...I have to say the time has come now for the owners of the airport to decide to run the airport properly or sell it." Byron Davies, Shadow Minister for Transport, said: "It is a bit rich for the First Minister to publicly attack and run down Cardiff Airport, when he has failed to seize opportunities, which would massively increase the range of routes available from Cardiff, introduce direct routes to North America, opening our economy to trade and business with one of the world’s biggest economies".[18] Liberal Democrats spokesperson, Eluned Parrott, said: "The First Minister needs to stop talking our capital city’s airport down and instead he should be doing all he can to encourage visitors to Cardiff Airport.His comments are hardly going to encourage tourism and business to Wales."[19]

The First Minister's criticism was roundly rejected by Alex Cruz, chief executive of Vueling - a Spanish airline which operates regular flights from Cardiff. Cruz said "We are more than satisfied with Cardiff Airport. We would not fly into an airport that we did not feel was suitable for our customers."[20] However on 20 March 2012 Jones again criticised Cardiff Airport saying "business people" had complained to him "week after week, for many months about the airport." He asserted he had put their points to the owners of the airport but "they have been met with a shrug of the shoulders. That is just not good enough. I know of situations, and have seen them myself, where people have been locked in the baggage hall and where the front door was not open and people had to go in through a side door—I had to do that the last time I used the airport."[21]

On 29 May 2012 it was announced that Jones would personally chair a "Task Force" on Cardiff Airport with the aim of "maximising its economic impact, commercially and for Wales".[22] On 27 June 2012, the Task Force, comprising tourist chiefs, local government spokesmen and trade unionists, met for the first time. No airlines were invited to attend.[23] A bid to obtain the full minutes of the meeting under the Freedom of Information Act was refused by the Information Commissioner[24]

Criticism of Welsh Government's nationalisation[edit]

The nationalisation of Cardiff Airport was criticised by the owners of Bristol Airport, who claimed that the £52 million paid for the airport was well over market value, and are worried about what they claim is the possibility of state subsidy to Cardiff Airport. They also claimed that nationalisation was against the global trend of privatising airports. The Welsh Government stated that the airport would receive no government subsidy, and would be run on an arm's length, commercial basis.

The Welsh Conservative Party said that the nationalisation of Cardiff Airport by the Welsh Labour Government was a socialist vanity project and that the money should have been spent on public services.[25]

Future[edit]

Airport management announced, on 29 March 2006 a £100 million development strategy which will see the current terminal being extended, as well as upgrades to the main body of the building. It was anticipated that the investment would attract up to five million passengers by 2015 - an increase of 150% - according to the airport's published response to a UK Government White paper on the future of air transport throughout the United Kingdom.[26] The airport's decline in passenger numbers by 2011 made such predictions unlikely.

Costing around £3m, half funded by the Welsh Government, extensive refurbishment is expected starting with the redevelopment of the front of the airport terminal and approach areas.[27] The development works include an extension to the front of the terminal linking the arrivals and departures halls into one large common area, providing new food and retail services. As part of the work the first floor of the terminal will become 'airside' as the security control point to access the departures lounge is relocated to the first floor, above the existing arrivals hall and accessed through the new extension. The approach area in front of the terminal building will also be redesigned and landscaped.[28] Subsequently, it emerged that Cardiff Airport was seeking £5 million from Welsh taxpayers,[29] without specifying what works might be carried out. Public objections to this investment may be expected prior to the May elections for the Welsh Assembly.

Road access to the airport by way of the A48 trunk road was the subject of a public inquiry in 2006 but this is now superseded by needs of the forthcoming Defence Training Academy at MoD St Athan, the bid for which included plans for a direct St Athan and airport link to the M4 motorway. With the growth in usage of the airport, traffic along the current access roads has become more acute leading to the Welsh Assembly Government to commission a study on improving road access to the airport. The consultants suggested three possible schemes:

  1. Widening the A4232 to three lanes between M4 Junction 33 and Culverhouse. A bypass would have been built connecting the A4232 directly to the A4050 to avoid the busy Culverhouse Cross roundabout.
  2. Constructing a new bypass road to link the A4232 directly to the A48 (Tumble Hill) before Culverhouse Cross. Airport traffic would then have travelled to Sycamore Cross then join the A4226 to the Airport. Improvements will be made to allow speeds to increase.
  3. Directing traffic from Junction 34 (Miskin) to Sycamore Cross then onto the A4226 to the airport. Improvements would have been made to the route with new straighter sections added.

Airport management favour option 3, which would have eased pressure from the A4232 and provide a more direct access route from Mid and South West Wales, and the South Wales Valleys.[30] The National Assembly for Wales announced in June 2009 that the plans for a new access road would be dropped in favour of increased public transport frequency by bus and by rail instead.[31] The Vale of Glamorgan Council agreed to hand over a publicly owned road passing in front of the airport terminal to control of the airport authority on security grounds. reference Subsequently, the airport has imposed a £1 user toll on this road, without returning any income to its original public owners.

Operations[edit]

Cardiff Airport is the only airport in Wales which offers international scheduled flights and is also served by scheduled, low-fare, business and charter carriers. It also supports corporate and general aviation. The majority of international flights are to Spain, Ireland and the Netherlands.

The airport is a base for Citywing, Thomson Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines. Thomson Airways is the largest carrier to use the airport in terms of passenger numbers, whilst Flybe has the largest number of movements. From January 2014, Cityjet will be based at Cardiff and have the largest number of movements by March 2014.

Public Service Obligation Flights[edit]

On 21 February 2007 the airport announced that the airport would host the first Public Service Obligation (PSO) service to be operated in Wales.[32] Inverness based airline Highland Airways would fly several services each day between Anglesey Airport and Cardiff. BAe Jetstream 31 aircraft were allocated to the route and it was hoped it would provide a quicker alternative to commuters travelling between North and South Wales, who otherwise rely on the A470 road or rail. The PSO service would be subsidised by the Welsh Government for three years; after this period, the route must be completely viable to continue. In May, the Anglesey service was claimed as a success, with over 1,000 seats being booked on the service within weeks of its announcement. There are options for up to 10 flights a day. On 25 March 2010 Highland Airways went into administration, prompting the suspension of flights. Manx2 was named as the new operator of the service on 29 April 2010 and won a 4-year contract serving the route in December 2010.[33]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Regional
operated by Stobart Air
Dublin
Air Europa Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta
BH Air Seasonal: Burgas
CityJet Edinburgh, Glasgow-International, Paris-Orly
Seasonal: Jersey
Citywing operated by Links Air Anglesey
Eastern Airways Aberdeen, Newcastle upon Tyne
Flybe Belfast-City
Seasonal: Geneva, Jersey
Germanwings
operated by Eurowings
Seasonal: Düsseldorf
KLM
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Amsterdam
Onur Air Seasonal: Dalaman (resumes 22 May 2015)
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal: Dalaman
Ryanair Seasonal: Tenerife-South (begins 30 October 2014)
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Antalya (resumes 5 May 2015), Dalaman, Enfidha, Fuerteventura, Heraklion (ends 30 September 2014), Ibiza, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Menorca, Orlando, Palma de Mallorca, Reus, Rhodes, Tenerife-South, Zakynthos
Thomson Airways Alicante, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Málaga, Paphos, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Barbados, Bodrum, Burgas, Corfu, Dalaman, Enfidha, Faro, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kefallinia, Kos, Larnaca, Menorca, Montego Bay (resumes 20 January 2015), Palma de Mallorca, Reus, Rhodes, Zakynthos
Vueling Alicante, Málaga
Seasonal: Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Atlantic Airlines East Midlands

Statistics[edit]

Cardiff Airport Passenger Totals 1997-2013 (millions)
Updated: 31 March 2014.[2]
Number of Passengers[34] Percentage Change Number of Movements[35]
1997 1,155,186 - 60,724
1998 1,263,225 Increase09.4% 65,597
1999 1,330,277 Increase05.3% 63,740
2000 1,519,920 Increase12.5% 64,298
2001 1,543,782 Increase01.6% 67,624
2002 1,425,436 Decrease08.3% 49,115
2003 1,919,231 Increase37.6% 48,590
2004 1,887,621 Decrease01.7% 43,023
2005 1,779,208 Decrease05.7% 43,040
2006 2,024,428 Increase12.7% 42,055
2007 2,111,148 Increase04.3% 43,963
2008 1,994,892 Decrease05.6% 37,123
2009 1,631,236 Decrease18.2% 27,003
2010 1,404,613 Decrease13.9% 25,645
2011 1,208,268 Decrease13.6% 29,130
2012 1,013,386 Decrease16.1% 26,842
2013 1,072,062 Increase4.3% 24,879
Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]
20 Busiest International Routes to and from Cardiff Airport (2013)[2]
Rank Airport Passengers handled  % Change
2013/ 12
1  Netherlands, Amsterdam 116,701 Increase 4
2  Spain, Palma de Mallorca 68,129 Increase 14
3  Ireland, Dublin 63,964 Increase 1
4  Spain, Malaga 58,893 Increase 211
5  Spain, Alicante 49,909 Increase 44
6  Spain, Tenerife South 47,541 Decrease 7
7  Turkey, Dalaman 41,168 Decrease 4
8  Tunisia, Enfidha 33,391 Increase 54
9  Spain, Arrecife 32,096 Decrease 6
10  Spain, Ibiza 30,871 Increase 19
Busiest Domestic Routes to and from Cardiff Airport (2013)[2]
Rank Airport Passengers handled  % Change
2013 / 12
1 Edinburgh 76,956 Decrease 1
2 Glasgow-International 48,217 Increase 21
3 Belfast City 38,389 -
4 Aberdeen 13,242 Decrease 6
5 Newcastle 12,546 Decrease 12

Transport links[edit]

Public transport[edit]

Rhoose Cardiff International Airport railway station

The nearest railway station to the airport is Rhoose Cardiff International Airport railway station on the Vale of Glamorgan Line. This is linked by a shuttle bus to the departures terminal. Arriva Trains Wales provides regular services to Cardiff Central Station and Bridgend, connecting it to the South Wales Main Line.

Cardiff Bus, EST Buses and Veolia Transport Cymru buses serve the airport and provide regular shuttle services to Cardiff central bus station and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Cardiff Airport Express bus in Cardiff Central Bus Station

From 1 August 2013, TrawsCymru is to operate the "Cardiff Airport Express" (Welsh: Gwennol Maes Awyr Caerdydd) direct from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff City centre. The new T9 service will run on a 20 minute schedule and will offer customers free wifi along with leather seats and rail connections.[36]

By road[edit]

The airport is 10 mi (16 km) from the M4 and is signposted. From M4 junction 33 (Cardiff West), it is reached via the A4232 (towards Central Cardiff) exiting at Culverhouse Cross, and then following the A4050 to Barry and finally the A4226 towards Llantwit Major. Another signposted route from the M4, from West Wales, is from Junction 37 near Pyle, which follows the A48 past Cowbridge then south along the A4226. However, there is a direct unmarked route from M4 Junction 34 (Miskin), following the country lane though Hensol, then at the crossroads (Sycamore Cross) with the A48, continuing along the A4226 to the airport.

Other operations[edit]

General aviation[edit]

The airport was home for many years to a number of flying clubs and small general aviation operators. These included a Helicopter Operator (www.heli-airwales.co.uk), who later moved to Swansea Airport and still trade there today, the Cambrian and Pegasus Flying Clubs and later (from the mid-1980s) the Cardiff Wales Flying Club. In 2010 a new flying school was set up by the company Aeros, They currently (2012) have a fleet including Cessna 152's and Piper Warriors, they are based in the White Building on the southside of the airfield. There is a small cafe in the White Building that offers facilities for private aircraft owners.

Executive aviation[edit]

Signature Flight Support are present on the south side of the airfield serving executive aircraft that visit the airport. Signature Flight Support uses the former Cambrian Airways HQ as their office. Executive aircraft park on either the Norman Parking Area, Golf Taxiway or the newly commissioned Cambrian Parking Area which has been named in honour of the former airline of the same name.

Dragonfly Executive Air Charter operate three Beechcraft King Air 200 series aircraft. The company office is based on the south side of the airfield.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cardiff - EGFF
  2. ^ a b c d e f g CAA: UK Airport Statistics
  3. ^ Getting to/from the Airport
  4. ^ abertis airports. abertis airports. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  5. ^ Companies House
  6. ^ a b BBC News - Cardiff Airport is sold to the Welsh government for £52m. Bbc.co.uk (2013-03-27). Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  7. ^ Hansard Lords Debates 1957
  8. ^ a b "Council Take Over An Airport" (News). The Times (London). Friday, 2 April 1965. (56286), col D, p. 8.
  9. ^ "Flyforbeans has 12 destinations on its radar". icWales - Western Mail. 11 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  10. ^ You Would If You Could - Survey Results
  11. ^ "Airport signals change ahead". Cardiff Airport - News. 2 March 2009. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  12. ^ Assembly plans £5m air terminal upgrade
  13. ^ BBC News - Cardiff Airport boss Patrick Duffy leaves managing director's job - May 2012
  14. ^ BBC News - Cardiff Airport: Welsh government plan to buy from TBI. Bbc.co.uk (2012-12-18). Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  15. ^ Abertis may sell UK airports as it tries to ease €14bn debt | Business. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  16. ^ "This is where owners graze horses on private land without the landowner’s permission. The horses may not be abandoned.", Welfare Matters edition 11, page 2
  17. ^ "Fly-grazing horses at 'crisis point' in Wales". BBC News. 2012-02-21. 
  18. ^ Cardiff-New York air route worth £200m a year to Wales, report reveals. Wales Online (2012-03-19). Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  19. ^ First Minister Carwyn Jones under fire for attack on Cardiff Airport. Wales Online (2012-03-13). Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  20. ^ First Minister Carwyn Jones' Cardiff Airport criticism rejected. Wales Online (2012-03-29). Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  21. ^ Carwyn Jones renews attack on 'not good enough' Cardiff Airport. Wales Online (2012-03-20). Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  22. ^ Cardiff Airport to be targeted by task force, says Carwyn Jones. Wales Online (2012-05-29). Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  23. ^ [1][dead link]
  24. ^ Llywodraeth Cymru | Welsh Government. Wales.gov.uk. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  25. ^ £52 million price questioned | Wales - ITV News. Itv.com. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  26. ^ "The Future of Air Transport - White Paper and the Civil Aviation Bill, Chapter 6, Wales". UK Department for Transport. 10 December 2004. Archived from the original on 2007-06-09. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  27. ^ Passenger Terminal Today - Cardiff unveils expansion plans, 2 March 2009
  28. ^ WalesOnline - Cardiff Airport upgrade set to get green light, 22 January 2010
  29. ^ http://www.walesonline.co.uk/cardiffonline/cardiff-news/2011/03/09/assembly-plans-5m-air-terminal-upgrade-91466-28303356/
  30. ^ Airport access plans await clearance
  31. ^ BBC News - M4 and airport road plans dropped
  32. ^ "North-south airline is revealed". BBC News. 21 February 2007. 
  33. ^ "New operator for Cardiff to Anglesey air service". BBC News. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  34. ^ Number of Passengers including both domestic and international.
  35. ^ Number of Movements represents total aircraft takeoffs and landings during that year.
  36. ^ http://planner.traveline-cymru.info/pdfs/timetables/SMAT009.pdf

External links[edit]

Media related to Cardiff Airport at Wikimedia Commons